Jamie Lee Dance Academy

Dance & Performing Arts School in Bournemouth, Dorset

About Jamie Lee Dance Academy

Jamie Lee Dance Academy was founded in 2015, by West End professional Jamie-Lee Tuffrey, and has quickly gained a reputation as the number one destination for aspiring dance or musical theatre students. Our incredible team of teachers & guest creatives are both incredibly dedicated & highly qualified, many of whom bring their experience directly from the West End.

Based in Kinson, JLDA offers a wide range of weekday classes, workshops and holiday courses across all three disciplines (dance, singing and drama) and provides students with many opportunities to perform, whether that’s with our All England winning competition team or during one of our various productions across the year.‘JLDA Live’ has quickly become a highlight of everyone’s year! Every March our students take over Bournemouth’s Pavilion Theatre and, backed by a live 14 piece orchestra, entertain a packed out auditorium with bespoke routines and ensemble harmonies. As well as this, there are opportunities for students to take ISTD and LAMDA exams throughout the year (although these are completely optional).

All of our classes are divided by ability and not age, as we believe every student needs to develop at their own pace. We pride ourselves on being able to offer a bespoke timetable for each and every student who enrolls, helping them feel comfortable in class but also helping them to progress at a level suitable to the individual. Everyone here on the JLDA team is committed to providing the highest quality training, all whilst developing personal and team excellence in a family orientated environment.

Our training speaks for itself but we hope that every child here at Jamie Lee Dance Academy will be able to leave standing taller, with their head held that bit higher.

Jamie-Lee Tuffrey L.I.S.T.D (School Principal)

I started my professional training at Stonelands School of Ballet in Hove. A full time boarding school for children who excelled in dance. The seven years I spent there laid the foundations for my future career. I ate, slept and breathed dance – particularly ballet – and my passion grew. At age sixteen, I won a full scholarship to Doreen Bird college in London. I spent three years in intensive training – ready to take on the competitive world ahead.
 I was very fortunate after leaving college to secure many professional contracts in the West End and on tour (both UK and European). After six years of working professionally, my career took a different path and I knew I wanted to give back to the world of dance. I have trained with the ISTD to become a qualified teacher, obtaining Licentiate status, and I’m continuing my training – with tutors from the Royal Ballet School – to one day become a classical ballet examiner.
I was one of only 25 teachers to be selected worldwide to train on The Royal Ballet School’s brand new ‘ATAP’ teacher training programme in 2022. I was also awarded a teacher’s bursary from the ISTD based on my recent exam results.
Besides my passion for dance and my eye for correct technique, I also have a love for choreographing. I single handedly lead our JLDA competition team and love creating new repertoire for each comp season. 
I’ve had many, many years teaching experience and have found it a rewarding and exciting adventure. I know that not every child I teach will want to perform professionally, but I can honestly say that every child I have taught stands a little taller and speaks a little clearer. And for those that do have a dream, I’ll be with them every step to see them achieve it.

Adam Tuffrey B.E.M (School Musical Director)

Adam is an experienced musical director, composer & vocal coach. He has worked on productions in theatres across the United Kingdom, spanning a range of musical styles between theatre, classical & pop. Most recent credits include West Side Story (Prussian Theatre), Cinderella (Lighthouse Theatre) and a workshop style performance of his own production, 30 Bouquets, last summer.

Adam has orchestrated and arranged pieces for many events, showcases and cabarets, including performances at the renowned Ronnie Scott’s, Pizza Express Live in Holborn and St. James’s Palace. His work has recently been featured on Amazon Prime’s new film, All The Old Knives, local BBC Radio and BBC Breakfast TV.

In 2015, Adam was recognised on the Queens Birthday Honours List and received a British Empire Medal, as recognition for his charity work, raising over £50,000 for ‘Meningitis Now’, when he was younger.

Adam has been coaching young performers for the last ten years, something he is extremely passionate about, and we are thrilled that he will once again be part of our core teaching team for another year.

Jo Barrington (Musical Theatre & LAMDA)

Having trained & graduated from Mountview, Jo has had an extensive and varied career in the industry, most recently playing Debs in Dante or Die’s production of ‘Take On Me’. Past credits include Janet (The Rocky Horror Show), Jenny Jones (Tom Jones), principal roles in numerous pantomimes (including Tinkerbell, on roller skates!) and as a soloist in The James Bond Concert with The Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra. TV and film work includes playing Kelly (The Knock for LWT) and Anne- Marie (Thank you for Having Me).

Jo has worked extensively as a solo artiste, travelling across the world performing as a guest cabaret performer for Tui and supporting artist for Mike Reid, Cannon & Ball and Russ Abbott. Jo was also half of the duo The Polka Dots, who toured with The Chuckle Brothers and supported Joe Pasquale. 

As a Director, Jo has worked extensively with young people, especially during her time as Head of Performing Arts at the Jellicoe Theatre. Her work includes The Crucible, Punk Rock, Les Miserables (School edition), Jeykll and Hyde, We Will Rock You and My Fair Lady.

Jo worked as associate producer with Ginger Boy productions; assisting with the ‘3 Phantoms’ Tour in Macau and Singapore. Jo also supported and directed projects which were created to promote free performing experiences for young people; West End at Home, Scrooge and Peter Pan Junior.

Kelly Knight (Contemporary)

Miss Kelly began her training at Bird College in Sidcup where she gained a DaDA Award aged 17. She later completed the 3 year degree programme at London Studio Centre. Kelly has been teaching for over 10 years and has worked as part of the dance department at The Brit School in Croydon. Her choreography has been performed at central London venues such as The Shaw Theatre, Greenwich Theatre and the Bonnie Bird Theatre at Laban. 

Since relocating to Bournemouth she has worked on the creative team as a choreographer for shows Broadway Showtunes (Bournemouth Pavilion), Edward Scissorhands (Jellicoe Theatre), The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee (Backlight productions) and Tides of Neglect (Poole Lighthouse).

Katie Lloyd (Modern & Body Conditioning)

Miss Katie trained at The Centre Performing Arts College in London where she qualified as a teacher of Ballet, Tap and Modern with the ISTD. 

Since graduating she has performed in the West End, pantomimes and in various plays, shows and galas. She now shares her expertise across the south teaching ISTD, GCSE and BTEC dance within Hampshire and Dorset schools. Miss Katie has previously worked for the prestigious Royal Ballet School as a Centre Co-Ordinator for their Junior Associate Scheme.


Rachael Dowell (Vice Principal, Tap & Acrobatics)

Rachael has been with the school since it’s inception and, as well as being our vice principal, she teaches some of our tap, acrobatics and modern classes (not forgetting our very popular Mummy & Me class too!).  

Rachael has been dancing since the age of 3 and before heading to university she completed all of her ballet and tap grades, under the National Association of Teachers of Dancing Syllabus. She now teaches the ISTD syllabus, has her DDE tap qualification & is a certified Acrobatic Arts teacher

Yvonne Zaremskyi (Modern, Tap & Ballet)

Yvonne was introduced to Singing and Dancing from an early age, training in Ballet, Tap and Modern and Singing with the Bournemouth Symphony Chorus and Youth Chorus, England. 

Wanting to train professionally Yvonne auditioned and was offered a place at the Northern Ballet School, England where she focused on Jazz/Musical Theatre, graduating in 2010 with the Trinity National Diploma in Professional Dance and NBS Diploma. Whilst training, Yvonne appeared in productions including “Swan Lake”, “Showcase of Dance” and “Crazy For You”. 

In 2010 Yvonne was offered a world cruise contract with Jean Ann Ryan Productions, onboard the Regent Seven Seas Voyager as a Singer/Dancer/Aerialist and over the course of seven years completed seven contracts with JAR Productions and RSSC performing and travelling the world in 6* Luxury. Yvonne returned to the UK and completed her ISTD DDE in Ballet, Modern and Tap, studying at Roynon Dance Centre, Southampton. Currently teaching ISTD Ballet, Modern, Tap, Contemporary and Musical Theatre in the local area, Yvonne has been a regular teacher at JLDA in recent years and is delighted to be returning.

Tanesha Bannerman Williams (Commercial)

Tanesha joined JLDA in 2017 and went on to train at Bird College in Sidcup, Kent. She obtained a DaDA aged 16 and graduated with a Diploma in Professional Musical Theatre.

Some of Tanesha’s credits include: Disney’s ‘Snow White’ film (2024 release), ‘Our House’ (Bird college), ‘Cre8’ (Bird college with Ryan Francois), ‘Got to dance’ (Sky 1), ‘Alesha Dixons Street Dance Stars’ (CBBC), ‘Netball Live’ half time performer (Sky Sports), ‘The International Horse Show’ finale performer (BBC Sport), ‘All stars’ (2012 Movie) and various commercials and Pantomimes over the years.

Tanesha is currently auditioning and continuing to train alongside Olivia Beckford (some credits include; Mabel, JD, Nike, BOOHOO, Nicki Minaj, The Black eyed Peas) and other industry professionals while teaching workshops and classes in varied dance styles.

Scott Maslen (School Patron)

Scott is best known for his role as Jack Branning in Eastenders. Scott and Miss Jamie-Lee worked together in the pantomime ‘Aladdin’ at the Bournemouth Pavillion in 2013/14. They remain close friends and Scott speaks very highly of Jamie-Lee’s ability to coach the next generation of young people.

“Having worked professionally with Jamie-Lee, I was delighted when she asked me to become a patron of JLDA. I look forward to seeing the younger generation mature under her invaluable guidance.”

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